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Celtic need to axe Jonjoe Kenny in Sunday’s Old Firm derby

The sad reality for Celtic this weekend is that, when they entertain their biggest rivals in the Old Firm derby, they will have nothing but pride at stake.

This had been an arduous campaign for the Bhoys and, after being disgraced a couple of weeks ago by the same opposition, the Parkhead outfit will need to be much improved.

On the chalkboard

There are a number of ways Celtic can improve upon their performance in the Scottish Cup a fortnight ago.

They will be helped by the return of James Forrest, while Odsonne Edouard rediscovering his scoring touch would certainly be a big help. Even removing the inconsistent Ryan Christie from the side would be beneficial.

However, John Kennedy could take a giant leap towards gaining victory by axing Jonjoe Kenny from the starting XI. During Celtic’s 2-0 defeat to Rangers a few weeks ago, he was one of the biggest culprits, putting in a horrific display at right full-back.

Should Kenny play on Sunday?

No way!

No way!

Absolutely!

Absolutely!

Together with Diego Laxalt, the two defenders were a mess at the back and caused Kennedy’s men to slip to a dismal defeat.

Kenny was particularly bad with his marking for both goals in that fixture. He allowed Steven Davis to get the better of him as he acrobatically fired home from close range for the opener.

The Everton loanee then failed to track Ryan Kent for their second strike of the game. Joe Aribo turned Laxalt inside out on the right flank and then fired in a teasing ball into the area.

Kent got across Kenny, who then diverted the ball into his own net in unfortunate circumstances. However, had he been more alive to the situation the goal could have been avoided.

It was a performance which was not only described as a “nightmare” by Celtic podcaster Paul John Dykes, but also a “horror show.”

It’s safe to say that the £15,000-per-week earner has not been an impressive capture since signing temporarily in the winter transfer window.

His Old Firm derby performances have been alarmingly abject. Kenny was also at fault during the 1-1 draw at Paradise back in March as his sloppy backpass allowed Rangers to earn a corner and, from the resulting set-piece, he let Alfredo Morelos come behind him at the back post to find the net.

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The 24-year-old’s marking clearly leaves a lot to be desired and Kennedy must search for alternatives on Sunday. He could move to a back three and push one of his attacking players into a wing-back role, or he could look towards Anthony Ralston.

The full-back has only made one appearance all season so it would be a surprise to see him play, but the interim boss simply cannot risk Kenny.

He has been poor in two consecutive Old Firm clashes; to back him again would be foolish.

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